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Omnivore - Mouthful: Savory pastries

Meat pies from all over the globe

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AUSTRALIAN BAKERY CAFE: When cereal just won’t do, start your day off the right way with a hearty “Aussie Meat Pie” from this exceptional Australian bakeshop. There are numerous styles—including a steak & kidney pie—but it's hard to resist the original made with USDA ground beef swimming in gravy and served in a flaky crust that’s just as good when reheated back at home. 463 Flat Shoals Avenue and one other location. 404-653-0100. www.australianbakery.com.

BRAZILIAN BAKERY: The sweet items first catch your attention at this Brazilian carb haven, but the menu holds many treasures—especially the savory pastéis (Brazilian pies). The pastéis are made with a paper-thin crust stuffed with filling, formed into a large rectangle and deep-fried until it is bubbly and brown. The best versions are the "Frango” - shredded chicken in a special sauce that tastes like barbecue and the “Palmito,” a creamy hearts of palm mixture. 1260 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. 770-818-0088.

THE ORIGINAL JAMAICAN RESTAURANT: This unassuming downtown restaurant serves some of the best Jamaican patties in the city. The crust is deep yellow from a healthy dose of turmeric, airy where it needs to be but still sturdy enough to hold the molten contents. The beef patty is the best of the bunch because its highly seasoned ground beef filling seems to reveal itself to you in layers and gets spicier with each bite. 166 Trinity Avenue. 404-525-8921.

(photo by Jennifer Zyman)